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Libya: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of providing arms to the anti-government forces in Libya with UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We must do everything to comply with both Security Council Resolutions (UN SCR). The legal position is clear: the arms embargo applies to the whole territory of Libya. But at the same time UN SCR 1973 allows all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas.

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